Anna Morgan (27), Alivia (5), Othello (2), and Micah (11 Months)
Anna shares -
"After 13 years of being silenced and scared to be exposed, I’m finally ready to openly share. I had an abortion at age 14. I was a CHILD. I was forced to have an abortion and was told never to speak of it because of how big of a disappoint I was. It feels like just yesterday. There is obvious worry about putting it all out there, that people will judge. I feel sorry for those who judge, because they are missing the point. They haven’t fully accepted the grace that covers all of us. Grace frees you to not be identified by your past. I am not my past. Now as a Christian woman who had an abortion I want to share with others that they aren’t alone but to know how loved they are. Now at age 27, I have three beautiful children.
Alivia, was born at ten pounds and it was a huge accomplishment for me. I had never been exposed to children before having a baby but motherhood came naturally to me. It was just as if I knew what my baby needed even before she cried. I struggled some with my body image after but the true hardships came with my second and third pregnancy. I felt with each pregnancy that my body would just take another ‘hit’. I have struggled with my stretch marks and shape of my breasts for many years and still struggle from time to time.
Just 5 months after my second child, Othello, was born my husband and father of my two oldest babies passed away. My hormones from having a baby and breastfeeding combined with the loss of my husband - it was a very hard time for me. I dropped weight fast and remember people commenting on my weight loss, that be being so skinny was beautiful. It was not. I was barely 100 lbs and I struggled. I felt disgusting and struggled with my body, my stretch marks. I still struggle from time to time but have started to look at myself in a new light and will continue on this journey.
Motherhood is the most blessed gift and I wouldn’t trade one of my stretch marks or scars for any of my babies. Each one of my kids have taught me so much about life."
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou